3 Baker County residents likely had West Nile

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Health officials say three Baker County residents were likely infected with West Nile virus this summer.

The Oregon Health Authority and the county health department are calling the cases "presumptive" because final test results are not in.

The Baker City Herald reports (http://is.gd/iDyoGV ) that these would be the first human cases in the Eastern Oregon county since 2007.

One case involves 70-year-old Martha Pennock, who lives in the unincorporated community of New Bridge. She told the newspaper she went to the hospital Aug. 5 because of dehydration and kidney problems.

Pennock says she feels better, but hasn't fully recovered from the weakness and lethargy that are common symptoms of the virus that's spread by mosquitoes.

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Information from: Baker City Herald, http://www.bakercityherald.com/

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